The Nigerian Government has threatened to droop all social media platforms that enable their apps for use to propagate division of the nation by inflammatory statements or posts.
The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed acknowledged this earlier than the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Information, Justice, and Communication on Tuesday on the National Assembly in Abuja whereas answering questions on the ban on Twitter, a microblogging website.
He stated Twitter made its platform accessible as a alternative for individuals who wish to destabilise and trigger disunity in Nigeria.
“We want Twitter to be registered first in the country before they can operate,” he stated.
On whether or not any channel of dialogue had been opened with Twitter, the minister stated “we tried to but they rebuffed us. They are not known to us. They are not registered, but we hope we will be able to engage them”, as he lamented that the organisation had no funding in Nigeria, however in Ghana, whereas the goal market was Nigeria.
The minister additionally denied the extensively held opinion that the transfer was meant to stifle free speech and press freedom.
“There was no intention of the federal government to stifle free speech in the country. The only reason we suspended Twitter is that it was promoting disunity. Its activities are inimical to the unity of the country,” Mohammed insisted.
He stated the federal government wouldn’t hesitate to droop different social platforms comparable to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google hangout, and others if they’re discovered to be selling posts or statements able to destabilising the nation.
There was a gentle drama when the Convener, Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy, Ariyo Dare Atoye who was on the venue of the listening to raised his hand to contribute however was dominated out of order and shut down by the Chairman of the Committee, Olusegun Odebunmi.
Odebunmi insisted that solely the minister can be allowed to make a presentation.
Ariyo stated he was a Nigerian and a consumer of Twitter, noting that it was unsuitable for the committee chairman to rule him out of order.
The activist added that the National Assembly is supposed for all Nigerians and that he was on the listening to to watch the investigative listening to and ask questions as a Nigerian.
He stated the minister was unsuitable in his presentation, including that he defended the necessity for Nigeria to have unbiased media when he was within the opposition.
He questioned how the identical individual modified in a single day to turn into an advocate of regulated social media.
Meanwhile, among the committee members expressed concern on the choice and motion of the manager to droop Twitter, stating that the nation was sliding into totalitarianism.